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Brinker Lake reopens at George Wyth

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With winter-like weather lingering this year, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources had to push back a lot of their spring activities at state parks.

Due to early spring snow and recent rain, the DNR closed Brinker Lake at George Wyth State Park, because it was flooding like many area waterways.

Park officials were able to reopen Brinker Lake to boaters Wednesday afternoon now that water is starting to recede.

You can see some of the left-over debris from recent flooding on the Brinker Lake parking lot. 

However, the people who enjoyed the park Wednesday say they weren't thinking about that at all. 

They were enjoying the perfect weather.

"It was nice and pleasurable. It was a beautiful day," a fisherman said.

"We're out enjoying the weather, and enjoying the wildlife, and maybe having a little romantic little walk, and what not. We're just enjoying it," a man enjoying the park said.

No matter the reason, people seem excited to get outside to enjoy the weather.

Meantime, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is finally able to start their spring work on area parks like George Wyth by clearing trails, cleaning bathrooms, and re-opening Brinker Lake for boaters.

"We're going gangbusters, and it's great to have the beautiful weather, and people are out using the park. It seemed like winter lasted a long time," George Wyth State Park Manager Lori Eberhard said.

Even though boaters can now use Brinker Lake, the water is still too high to put their docks in the water, and they want to remind people to keep their eye out for any floating debris.

"Slow down and enjoy the view. You never know what you're going to see, because every time you come out it's something different," Eberhard said.

Eberhard said they usually start preparing the park for spring by the middle of April, but the recent weather pushed back their plans.

Right now, Eberhard is reminding people they can finally, "take some time, disconnect from the technology, and just relax and have an enjoyable afternoon, and come out and have an enjoyable lunch, and enjoy the park." 

"It's clean out here. It's one of the cleaner state parks. There's a lot to do. There's the fishing jetty, and there's the beach. We're going to check out the beach," a man enjoying the day said.

Lori Eberhard says they plan to keep Brinker Lake open for boaters, as long as the water keeps receding.

However, they are keeping any eye on the forecast to make sure the flooding is done.

The DNR wants to remind people, a lot of the low-lying spots on trails and campgrounds still have some minor flooding.

If you're headed out, they'd like to remind you to be careful where you're going.

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